Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The KING of Rocksteady :: 1938-2008


You see you have to understand what rocksteady really is before you can understand who the KING of Rocksteady really was. Before the likes of Bob Marley and Reggae music as we know it today, there was a fine gentleman by the name of Alton Ellis who rocked you sweet with his rocksteady grooves. A successor to Jamaican Ska, and a precursor to reggae, rocksteady was performed by Jamaican vocal harmony groups who played a much slower, more relaxed tempo then their Rude Boy Ska contemporaries; although the rude boy-ness was a big part of the rocksteady culture as well. The ska-style back beat and the emphasis on the offbeat carried over into rocksteady. The term originated from the rocksteady dance mentioned in Alton Ellis' club banger, "Rock Steady". Ellis succumbed to his battle with cancer October 10th,2008 in West London Town and is remembered by his 20 some odd children.

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Alton Ellis - Rocksteady.mp3

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Alton Ellis - Girl I've Got a Date.mp3

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Alton Ellis - Dance Crasher.mp3

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Alton Ellis - Oowee Baby (Baby I Love You).mp3

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Alton Ellis - You've Made Me So Very Happy.mp3

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Alton Ellis - My Time is the Right Time.mp3

and whats a King without a Queen.
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Phyllis Dillon - Don't Touch Me Tomato.mp3

Out of the many 2008 deaths this one tops the list for me. Ever since i was but a rude boy myself, my pops would always play those sweet reggae sounds, and as i came to appreciate music i discovered the almost infinite Trojan Record Compilations which compile every sub-genre of reggae music. Take some time out and browse the catalog and you can never ever go wrong with classic reggae-ness.
Boogie on Reggae Women.

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